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the worst Lonely Planet guide ever?,
This review is from: Lonely Planet Corsica (Travel Guide) (Paperback)
I've used the Lonely Planet Guides to India, Southeast Asia and Indonesia and each was full of balanced views on what was worth seeing and what was not, places to stay, places to eat, places to catch buses, places to catch trains and so on. They were indispensible, and every traveller clutched their copy close, treating them in the end like old friends. Now I've not read all the Lonely Planet Guides (which is why I've couched this review's title as a question) but this Lonely Planet guide to Corsica is comletely different. It is not wholly useless, since it does tell you the names of the towns and so on, but it contains very little hard information such as telephone numbers or adresses, nor any sense that the authors have been to the places they describe. It is written in repellent travel brochure-ese, "sun lovers will savour the gorgeous sweep of white sand", kind of thing, and it has none of the honest authority of the other LP guides. Corsica is a beautiful island and if you get the chance to go, you should, but if you do, don't take this. By the end I was very happy to leave this book in the bin, and wished I'd never bought it.
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Initial post: 7 Sep 2011 18:32:27 BDT
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Totally agree; I probably have over 20 lonely planets on my shelves.........they were started for those on shoestring budgets; this is a lifetime from that. It's written in wasteful journalese, for those with near on 100 euros a day to spend, it constantly tells you to go and blow your cash on extravagent food(wish I could !) doesn't mention campsites, and incudes very little cheap eating or accomodation. If you want this sort of guide just buy the Michelin guide it's trying to copy. I'm really upset it has moved so far from the original concept of the first authors who have sold out to the BBC in more than just monetary terms..........
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